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Oct 31, 2012 9:00am PDT
516 million tons per year from its headwaters in minnesota all the way to the gulf of mexico. along the great length of this river, the process of deposition sometimes causes serious problems. if bars build up in important areas of navigation, they can disrupt shipping and regional commerce. in the industrial corridor between new orleans and baton rouge, lies one of north america's most important navigational routes. in order to keep the river open to the many ocean-going vessels which use it year-round, the united states army corp of engineers must continually grapple with the forces of nature. one frequent trouble spot lies just south of baton rouge in a stretch of the river called red eye crossing. here the river tends to deposit sediment, threatening to close the channel to deep-water ships. a detailed study of red eye crossing is currently underway at the army corps' waterways experiment station, or wes, in vicksburg, mississippi. tom pokrefke is chief of the river engineering branch and heads the red eye investigation. the problem that we're studying on the red eye crossing is
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